|TV show rant
||[Oct. 31st, 2008|05:46 pm]
I don't know if any of you watch Dr. Phil, but his show this past Wednesday, I have something to say about that and can't be arsed to sign up to post on the boards.
On the show, they said that 20% of "gender confused" children grow up to remain in their chosen sexual identity. The first "guest" was an 8 year old girl, born male. The mother was very supportive of the child's decision and allowed her to go to school dressed as a girl and refered to her child as a female. The second "guest"'s child went through the same thing (at the age of 8) but was now 16 and decided to live as his biological gender. They took this kid as an example and said to the first parents "what if this happens to your kid?" You know what? I agree with the mother about supporting your children and their choices and accepting them for who they are. What if that child is part of the 20% who remain cross-gendered? From my non-professional yet slightly educated opinion, I found a lot of evidence was provided to support this possibility. A lot of people on the show were saying that the parents are responsible for raising their children to act accordance to their gender, to live within their biological sex while still participating in their interests. I think in most cases this is good general advice, but to force your child to be someone they're not, I don't believe that is positive and healthy parenting.